It’s no secret that Ocean County is suffering from a heroin epidemic.
An article from the Sandpaper points out that in Ocean County there has been a rapid increase in the number of fatal drug overdoses, nearly double the 2012 total.
With the rise in related news stories, the Asbury Park Press has even created a “Heroin Epidemic At The Jersey Shore” section filled with news on the topic.
Ocean County Library has been partnering with several agencies and community groups to get information out to raise awareness on the area’s heroin problem. The Lacey branch hosted an informative program about the dangers of the drug to a packed audience on November 25.
“This is a topic that needs to be addressed in our community,” said Pham Condello, Supervising Librarian of Young Adult Services, who helped organize the program. “These types of programs are extremely important to helping teens, their parents and their educators.”
Topics covered included the effects of heroin on the body, how to tell if someone is using the drug and what the legal ramifications are if one is caught using or dealing.
The program will be repeated at the Toms River branch on December 5. To register, click here. The program starts at 6:30 pm.
These programs are funded through a collaboration between various community organizations including the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Health Department, the Municipal Alliance Project and the Ocean County Library.
If you or someone you know is dealing with drug abuse, they can check out the Ocean County Health Department’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resource Directory for find information about recovery and assistance.